Turkey tips and holiday help from Maple Valley Fire

  • Friday, November 24, 2017 11:48am
  • Life

Over the last few years, deep frying turkeys on Thanksgiving has become very popular, according to the Maple Valley Fire and Life Safety in a press release.

If you are planning on doing this, Maple Valley Fire asks to please follow these safety tips so that you and your family can have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday:

  • Place the deep fryer away from your home or other combustibles on a flat, stable surface.
  • Determine how much oil is needed before you start by placing the turkey in the deep fryer and filling it with water.
  • Thaw and pat-dry the turkey before immersing it in the hot oil to avoid splattering.
  • Monitor the oil temperature and follow the instructions in the recipe. Typically, this is 375 degrees.
  • Never leave the cooking turkey unattended.
  • Keep all kids and pets away from the deep fryer.
  • Avoid letting oil run down the sides of the deep fryer where it may ignite.
  • If the oil catches fire:
  1. Turn off the propane or other fuel source.
  2. Cover the deep fryer with the matching lid while wearing an oven mitt.
  3. Use a fire extinguisher if needed.
  4. Call 9-1-1 if there are any injuries or concerns about the fire spreading.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol or anything that may distract you while using the deep fryer.
  • Recycle or reuse the oil.

Other holiday cooking tips from Maple Valley Fire:

  • Create a “kid free” zone around the stove/oven to reduce the chance of burns to children.
  • Turn pan handles toward the back of the stove to reduce the chance of accidently bumping them.
  • “Keep an eye on what you fry”, meaning stay in the kitchen when cooking.
  • Always have an oven mitt and fitted lid next to pans in case of a cooking fire.
  • Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working and have fresh batteries.

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